The Battle of Nanshan
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A Battle Study: The Battle of Nanshan . The ambitious objectives of two powerful nations, Russia and Japan, spawned enough conflict in 1904 that war appeared to be the single and most appropriate solution. Japan, emerging from the Meiji Restoration with a Westernized military preparation and inundated with dreams of expansion, and Russia, trying to spread out their supremacy in the East, eventually staged the historical Russo-Japanese War (Sakurai 1999).